Convert any Folder into My Computer or Recycle Bin

There are many Windows Tricks around and you may see people using such tips to play pranks on others! Its a lot of Fun to see someone totally confused about a Computer problem and then we can tell them that we just played a Crazy prank on them! The Prankster and the Pranked both laughing together after having Fun is not a rare sight. I told you some tricks like Creating an Undeletable Invisible Folder with NO-Name and Creating a Password Protected Folder (Folder-Lock) in Windows some-time-back.

But today, I will tell you a small trick to convert any Folder into a Recycle Bin or My Computer

Just Imagine if your Friend/Parent/Sibling clicks on any Folder and without any error the My Computer window opens. The first thing that will come to his/her mind is V!RUS.

That will be so much fun! You can just tell them that he/she has done something wrong and now let you deal with it. You can also blame them for their Dumbness or Negligence or whatever you want.

Enough of future-planning, Now let us learn the trick!

Step 1: Select the Folder you want to convert and decide what you want to convert it into.

Step 2: You just need to Right-Click on that folder and use the Rename option(without opening the folder).[i.e – You are renaming the Folder which you want to Convert]

Step 3: Now while renaming, just suffix[add at the end] the following codes to the name of the folder depending on your preferred result location:

My Computer: .{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}
Recycle Bin: .{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}

Step 4: Now after renaming, Refresh the page. You can see that the Icon of the Folder has Changes to Recycle Bin or My Computer[sometimes it doesn’t change]. When you click on it, you will directly go to Recycle Bin or My Computer rather than entering inside the Folder.

Example: I am converting a Folder named “Old Songs” into Recycle Bin. So I will first Rename it using the code given above. [Don’t forget the Stop mark before the code]

Now my Old Songs Folder shows Recycle Bin! You can carry out all the Features of Recycle Bin/My Computer using this Folder.

OK! Now we have converted the Folder into that of our choice. But, How do we get our original contents back? Its very easy: Just rename it back and remove the Code along with the Stop Mark. Now Refresh and You are Back to normal!

Some more tips: You can also convert your Folder into some more Windows tools with the following codes[I have NOT checked these codes and these might not work]:

Control Panel: .{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}
Internet Explorer: .{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D}

Sometimes while getting your Normal contents back you might not be able to rename the Folder Directly. You might have to use Command Prompt to rename it. Go to Command Prompt and browse to your Folder. Now type there:
ren Your_Folder_Name.{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E} Your_Folder_Name
I am not responsible for any loss of Data because of this trick [99.99% nothing will happen but I can’t give complete guarantee]. Use this trick at your own Risk!

  • TechZoomIn

    Hmm good tip dude. Faced this some time back..didn't remember :)

  • Rohit Sane – Tech freak

    Hi Lax,
    Its quite possible that you have seen this tips somewhere before. One of my friends told me about this thing and So I thought of making it available for everyone!

  • BAS

    it’s like we are using the clsid of different folders for this so it looks like that folder